The Third Additional District and Sessions Court, Ramanagara, will pronounce its judgment in a rape case against self-proclaimed godman Nityananda, on February 9.
Arathi Rao, a one-time devotee of Nityananda, has accused later of raping her. The case was handed over to Criminal Investigation Department for a probe. During the hearing of the case on Tuesday, the court directed the CID to submit all records and evidences pertaining to the case.
Nityananda’s counsel C V Nagesh told reporters that the court took “positive consideration” of his arguments. He said that while the CID claims to have questioned 48 witnesses and recording their statement, it had not mentioned anything about the witnesses and their statements in the charge sheet.
“Hence, the judge directed them to submit all records and evidences collected so far about the case to the court,” Nagesh said.
Meanwhile, senior advocate Prameela Nesargi moved the court by filing a petition seeking removal of the name of actor Ranjitha from the case.
“Ranjitha is neither an accused nor a witness in Arathi Rao’s case. But her name is often referred to, which is not correct. Hence, I have requested the court to remove Ranjitha’s name from the case,” she said.